NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 7, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 7, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet could become head coach of the Arizona Coyotes.

Update on the Coyotes coaching search plus latest contract signings in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Reports from TSN and Sportsnet indicate Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet could become the next head coach of the Arizona Coyotes. Elliotte Friedman reports hearing Tocchet and the Coyotes are working on a four-year contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tocchet played three seasons for the Coyotes (1997-2000) and was an assistant coach in 2005-06. No official word yet from the Coyotes but that could be coming soon. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers re-signed defenseman Mark Pysyk to a three-year, $8.2-million contract. 

CSN MID-ATLANTIC.COM: The Washington Capitals re-signed goaltender Philipp Grubauer to a one-year, $1.5-million deal. 

NBC SPORTS: The Dallas Stars retained forward Brett Ritchie to a two-year contract worth $3.5 million. 

The Los Angeles Kings re-upped center Nick Shore to a one-year, $925K deal. 

TVA SPORTS’ Renaud Lavoie reports the Nashville Predators placed goaltender Marek Mazanec on waivers. 

Player agent Dan Milstein announced via Twitter that former Montreal Canadiens defenseman Nikita Nesterov is headed to the KHL. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights signed forward Teemu Pulkkinen to a one-year, $700K contract. 

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings extended their affiliation agreement with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffin. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 28, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 28, 2017

Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk celebrates his overtime goal against the New Jersey Devils with teammate Max Pacioretty.

Game recaps, stars of the week, trade and waiver updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Alex Galchenyuk’s overtime goal completed the comeback for the Montreal Canadiens as they overcame 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3. Alexander Radulov also scored and collected three assists and Max Pacioretty scored twice for the Habs.

Before the game, the Canadiens acquired defenseman Jordie Benn from the Dallas Stars in exchange for blueliner Greg Pateryn and a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL draft.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Benn should provide some veteran experience and depth to the Canadiens’ blueline as they gear up for the stretch run. He’s signed through 2019 at an an affordable $1.1 million annually but will likely be exposed in the expansion draft. The little-used Pateryn will get an opportunity with the Stars to become a full-time NHL defenseman, though the 26-year-old will be jockeying with younger rearguards to crack the Dallas blueline. 

Three consecutive power-play goals by Nikita Kucherov carried the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Earlier in the day, the Senators announced demoted goalie Andrew Hammond will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn right labrum. They also signed winger Chris DiDomenico to a two-year contract. The 28-year-old was playing in Switzerland, meaning he’ll have to pass through waivers before he can join the Sens.

Mikael Granlund’s overtime goal gave the Minnesota Wild a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Ryan White, recently acquired from the Arizona Coyotes, scored a goal and set up another for the Wild, who were playing without wingers Zach Parise and Jason Pominville (mumps). 

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg, Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews and Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Feb. 26. 

PHILLY.COM:  Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning received a two-game suspension for a late hit on Pittsburgh Penguins rookie Jake Guentzel. 

DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings re-signed defenseman Nick Jensen to a two-year deal worth $1.625 million. 

NBC SPORTS: The Tampa Bay Lightning claimed Greg McKegg off waivers from the Florida Panthers. The Columbus Blue Jackets claimed Zac Dalpe from the Minnesota Wild. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Arizona Coyotes acquired forward Teemu Pulkkinen from the Minnesota Wild for future considerations. 

Latest on the Lightning, Rangers and Oilers – October 11, 2016

Latest on the Lightning, Rangers and Oilers – October 11, 2016

Nikita Kucherov reportedly on the verge of re-signing with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Nikita Kucherov reportedly on the verge of re-signing with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Updates on Nikita Kucherov, potential waiver-wire players of interest for the Edmonton Oilers and the Rangers could shop defenseman Dylan McIlrath.

TAMPA BAY TIMES:  Joe Smith reports Tampa Bay Lightning restricted free agent winger Nikita Kucherov flew from Russia to Tampa Bay yesterday as he nears a deal with the Lightning. It’s speculated Kucherov could sign a short-term bridge deal by as early as today.

The Lightning only have around $5.5 million in salary-cap space. It was expected Kucherov would seek a long-term deal worth over $6 million annually. He could accept a two- or three-year deal for a lesser annual cap hit with the promise of a much more lucrative deal down the road. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see what Kucherov’s new deal will be. He could become the third player this year (Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman being the others) general manager Steve Yzerman convinces to accept less than market value to remain with the Lightning. 

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the New York Rangers are believed seeking a trade partner to take defenseman Dylan McIlrath off their hands. McIlrath, 26, had a poor training camp, but the Rangers prefer not to put him on waivers. Even if he remains with the club, he won’t be part of the Blueshirts’ top-six defensemen. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: McIlrath is on a one-year, one-way contract worth $800K. He could be an affordable pickup for a team seeking blueline depth in the upcoming season. The asking price certainly won’t be expensive. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Bruce McCurdy lists wingers PA Parenteau, Teemu Pulkkinen and center Mark McNeil as right-shooting forwards on the waiver wire of possible interest for the Edmonton Oilers. He wonders if the club might claim one of them. All are on affordable one-year contracts, with Parenteau’s the most expensive at $1.25 million.

Jim Matheson reports former Oilers defenseman Eric Gryba, who was with the club on a professional tryout offer, left the Oilers after they signed blueliner Kris Russell over the weekend. His agent claims two other NHL teams expressed interest in auditioning Gryba.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe the Calgary Flames are one of those two clubs interested in Gryba. They reportedly wanted to bring back Russell before he signed with the Oilers.